Schiaparelli has come under fire for its “disturbing” collection, which was accused of “encouraging trophy hunting” after models walked the catwalk wearing replica animal heads.
Environmental activist Carrie Johnson was among the voices that slammed the Italian fashion house as supermodels Irina Shayk and Naomi Campbell modeled the Italian fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2023 show at Paris Fashion Week. Photographer Misan Harriman also urged the designer to “do better”.
Ms Johnson wrote: ‘Rude! Real or fake, it just encourages trophy hunting. Phew!’
The unusual clothing line is part of the Italian fashion house’s Inferno Couture line and features the heads of big cats and wolves, but insists that no animals were harmed in the making of the line.
In her Instagram story, Carrie Johnson criticized Italian fashion house Schiaparelli for using replica animal heads in its SS23 Paris Fashion Week show, accusing the label of encouraging trophy hunting
The designer posted photos of the intricately designed and embroidered ‘animal heads’ on his Instagram account.
The caption reads: ‘Embroidered animals for @schiaparelli’s Inferno Couture.
The leopard, lion and wolf – representing lust, pride and greed in Dante’s iconic allegory – in hand-sculpted faux fur from foam, resin, wool and silk, hand-painted to look as real as possible.”
The Italian designer posted photos of animal heads, including big cats (left) and wolves (right) in production, stressing that no animals were harmed in the making of the collection.
Kylie Jenner arrived in Paris for the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2023 show in one of the Embroidered Animals dresses
It also pointed out: ‘NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS LOOK.’ Femail has contacted Schiaparelli for comment.
However, the environmental activist argued that it doesn’t matter if the models are real or not.
The 34-year-old has long advocated for animal rights and environmental conservation, and is director of communications at the Aspinall Foundation, a charity that works to protect endangered animals.
The charity runs programs at Howletts and Port Lympne zoos in the UK and other projects across Africa and Asia.
While her husband Boris Johnson was Prime Minister, Carrie championed animal welfare and supported the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, which fought against animal cruelty and hunting.
Irina Shayk took to Instagram to defend the Italian fashion house’s design, saying she was “honoured” to be part of the show.
She previously said: “I’m against fox hunting. They always have been. When I was much younger, I even campaigned against it when I dressed up as a fox.”
Supermodels Irina Shayk, 37, and Naomi Campbell, 52, were among the stars wearing Schiaparelli designs on the catwalk this afternoon, with Shayk wearing a lion head dress while Campbell wore a wolf head on her black dress.
In response to criticism of the dresses, Shaykova defended the look on Instagram, saying she was proud to appear on the catwalk for Schiaparelli.
She wrote: ‘I support these amazing artists who worked tirelessly, with their hands, using wool, silk and foam to sculpt this embroidered lion and image of pride, an image that @schiaparelli evokes while exploring themes of power.
“I am honored to have been called to lend my art to this as a woman.”
Kylie Jenner turned heads when she arrived at the show today wearing one of her lion-man head dresses.
Posing in a frilly black maxi dress as she arrived at the Schiaparelli Spring/Summer 2023 show, she showed off a huge lion’s head with a mane on her chest.
She wore her thick, dark locks in a sleek high ponytail and accessorized with gold earrings.
The mum-of-two accessorized her unusual outfit with a black and gold crocodile-style clutch bag.
Ms Johnson was not the only figure to criticize Schiaparelli for his design, with celebrity photographer Misan Harriman, who previously shot the cover of British Vogue, taking to Twitter.
He wrote: ‘Dear fashion industry, this is no way to start the year. no no no no no! Be better.
‘Schiaparelli This is disturbing… and yes, I know no animals were harmed in the process.’